Evening Masterwork: Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), and Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Evening Masterwork for July 31, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

For a significant part of his career, Rachmaninoff was criticized for being a 20th-century composer still rooted in 19th-century style. But towards the end of his life, he began to integrate modernist rhythms into his works, inspired by composers like Stravinsky and Prokofiev. The Symphonic Dances, which he completed in 1940, is one of these pieces. It’s our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.